On Twitter account, UNSG posted that gender violence has since last year turned into a shadow pandemic that will long continue after current health crisis is through.
Now more than ever, Guterres stressed, there must be zero tolerance for gender-based violence.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, an array of UN agencies has warned about disproportionate impact of the health crisis on women´s safety and well-being worldwide.
They experience an increased gender-based violence, while many resources initially destined for health services, including sex and reproductive health, are diverted, according to UN reports.
Although women play a key role in the response to Covid-19, at this time there are setbacks in gender issues, Guterres warned on March 8, International Women’s Day.